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NEW BOOK REVIEW OF BIG BULLY HOLLY HOWLER COMING OUT WITH A JOYOUS SPLASH THE DAY OF HEARTS, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017: BOOK REVEW BY CHICAGO MOM AND BLOGGER OLENA-ELENA ALEKSANDRA FOMINA, CHIEF HUMANE GROWTH OFFICER, SV GLOBAL GROUP-SV BRANDING - Book Review of Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler by Dr. Elana Ashley

02/15/2017

There are lots of beautiful children's books on the market today. However, Dr. Elana Ashley’s book Big Bully Holly Howler “stands out from the crowd” for many reasons. For me those reasons are originality, creativeness, support and promotion of the humane values of peaceful, conflict resolution, ethical leadership and positive role models for the healthy development of our children. These topics are so essential and usually are not discussed in our everyday busy lives, but nevertheless are important for the healthy, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development of a child. 

Dr. Ashley's book tells a story of real life challenges that our children face every day  bullying and learning how to act when someone is a bully around you.  This book is quite a different kind of children’s book because Dr. Elana not only created and wrote the story, but also master-minded the illustrations: set-up, photography, graphic arts and the creation of a full set of ‘live' puppet characters who come to life from the pages of her book. 

Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler shares a story and important life lessons about how kids can learn creative ways to cope with bullies through help from a peace-loving detective ─ Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker.  The main characters of the book are Hippo Holly Howler, a new student in school and a bully; a magical alien named Splunkey, who gives helpful advice on how to be peaceful and friendly to Ellie Elephant who is being bullied. Using Splunkey’s wisdom, Ellie transforms a bully into a friend! 

My 10 year old daughter has been enjoying Big Bully Holly Howler for over a year now! We enjoy coming back to the beautiful pages of the book filled with “live” puppets walking on the streets and on the school grounds. We usually don’t see that in children’s books nowadays. This is one of the unique features of the book ─  real “live” puppets are living children’s lives and showcasing real struggles of bullying and school friendship issues. 

Initially, when I asked my daughter Sofiia how she liked the book, she exclaimed: "I loved it!" She told me she understood the messages inBig Bully Holly Howler, and that she enjoyed the beautiful illustrations. As an example, she shared that she particularly enjoyed illustrations where Detective Splunkey magically appeared and disappeared. She loved the culminating moment of the book when all the classroom students from the story came to eat together for lunch ─ showing peace and friendship, including ex-bully Holly Howler who joined everyone. Holly was following Ellie's advice to be nice and to take responsibility for her wrong behavior ─ apologizing for hurting others, as well as sharing grapes with everyone! “Being kind and nice transforms us” is one of the key messages from the book that I am glad Sofiia was able to understand, appreciate and incorporate into her own life!  

Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler will be a joyful read for children on their own, as well as with an adult. For deeper understanding of the book’s purpose, I strongly suggest that parents read it along with their children to uncover the valuable messages that author Dr. Elana is conveying and follow through with a discussion of the questions found at the conclusion of the story. 

I highly recommend this book for elementary and middle school children around the world to read in order to recognize the warning signs of bullying behavior, adopting healthy skills and strategies to bring about peaceful, conflict resolution,  and implementing the timeless values of understanding, kindness, respect, honesty and empathy in the building of friendships.   

As a parent, it is one of my major parenting goals to develop strong, moral character and nurture positive, ethical values in my daughter. Dr. Ashley’s great work contributes positively to my parenting goals and through her books and lively readings followed by discussion, she reminds us of an important life lesson that we all, even adults, should always remember and cherish in life ─ “treating one another as we would like to be treated.”

Olena-Elena Aleksandra Fomina, Chicago Mom, Blogger, Chief Humane Growth™ Officer, SV Global Group-SV Branding.